Daughters of a Viscount

A daughter of a viscount bears the courtesy style of 'The Honourable' (usually abbreviated to 'The Hon').

When she is unmarried this style is followed by her forename (eg The Hon Jane Whyte).  After marriage she drops the use of her forename and uses her surname only (eg The Hon Mrs Wharton).  The style of 'The Hon' is not used before 'Miss'.

The style of 'The Hon' is only used on the envelope in correspondence, in written descriptions (usually only on the first mention) and in formal documents.  It is never used in conversation or on invitations or on visiting cards, when the correct style is 'Mrs', 'Miss'or 'Ms'.

How to address the Daughters of a Viscount

The recommended (social) style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Miss Whyte
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Hon Jane Whyte
Joint form of address Mr Benedict and the Hon Mrs Wharton
Verbal communication Miss Whyte/Mrs Wharton
Invitation Miss Jane Whyte
Description in conversation Miss Whyte
List of Directors or Patrons Jane Whyte/Miss Jane Whyte (or Mrs Benedict Wharton)
Place card Miss Jane Whyte
Legal document Mary Jane Whyte commonly called the Honourable Jane Whyte


Should the daughter of a viscount marry the younger son of an earl, or the son of a viscount or baron, she should be addressed as The Hon Mrs Browne.

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